Thankful 2 of 4: Personal History & Culture

I know many of my friends are doing a daily memo of thanks, usually on Facebook. That’s way too much work for me, so I will do it four times during the month on Extra Points. And, my family, friends, health, etc. are all givens. I want to loo a bit deeper by peeling the onion.

I’m thankful for a history and a culture outside of my own as United States citizen. The fact that I have a deep and rich heritage in Colombia with my mother’s side of the family has become very meaningful to me. As I get older, that sense of family and culture has engendered new friendships, language, memories, and opportunity. On my visit in 2011 to Bogota (a whopping 40 years after my last one), I was able to make connections that I had never dreamed of. Now, I’m heading back again next year with new adventures to experience, and most importantly relationships to continue to cultivate.

We all have somewhere other than our own backyard to cull experiences and memories from. What an opportunity to maximize your own personal heritage and culture. You never know what you’ll uncover and learn about yourself!

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This week’s quote –
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard

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